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Bill Rogers

Cell phones best option for police oversight

Hardly a week goes by now without the surfacing of a cell-phone video of police abuse, often of minorities.

These private camera videos are providing the best and often only record of police confrontations, such as the shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, or the more recent incident at a pool party in Texas.

South Carolina just passed a law requiring police to wear body cameras, and while they may do some internal good, don’t expect to see the images in the news.


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Tommicha Walker

Words to live by

After reading the guest column,“Jesus leaves disciples and us with words of comfort,” by Pastor Bob Lanning of Cornerstone Bible Church in the June 14 edition of The Lancaster News, I feel compelled to tell the following story of how God continues to perform miracles and that he does answer prayer.

When I was hired at Counseling Services of Lancaster in 1995, Walter Quinn, the executive director, said to work there, I’d have to put “God first, family second and then work.”


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Priscilla Bufford

I celebrate Juneteenth, because I can

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, honors African-American heritage by commemorating the abolition of slavery in America.

It marks the day on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers, led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with the news that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved people were free.

That was two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, a declaration that was promising, but had minimal benefit for many slaves like those in Texas, who could not escape to Union military lines.


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J.R. Wilt

Council needs to take closer look at new projects

Lancaster County Council passed second reading of the county’s 2016 budget at its June 8 meeting. There were no comments at the public hearing. A copy of the budget was posted on the county’s website.

Previous comments concerning the sheriff’s office, E-911, EMS, voter registration and other departments still apply. All are in the current budget, but are hanging by a thread.


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Bob Lanning

Jesus leaves disciples and us with words of comfort

On the day before his crucifixion, Jesus gathered his apostles into an upper room in Jerusalem. After washing their feet, he predicted that one of them would betray him.

After Judas left, he declared that he himself would soon leave them, and that Peter would deny him three times. It is no wonder, then, that the remaining apostles were unsettled by what had just occurred.

Jesus comforted his apostles by saying,  “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me (John 14:1).”


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Bryon Golden

Freedom hard to get, easy to lose

On Independence Day we celebrate the gift of freedom given to us 239 years ago by the founders of our great nation. Freedom is as precious as life itself.However, its true value is rarely appreciated unless it is either threatened or lost.

July Fourth isn’t just a day off. It’s more than barbecues and parties. The Fourth of July is a time to renew your gratitude for your good fortune to be living in the greatest country in the world.


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William St. Louis

Writer takes issue with hiring requirement

This letter is in response to the June 3 article regarding the first reading of the Lancaster County budget for the 2015-2016 budget year.

To put it mildly, I was taken aback by council member Charlene McGriff’s request and Bob Bundy’s agreement that a qualified minority be considered for the part-time position in the voter registration office.


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Mick Mulvaney

IL not likely to get post office

I enjoyed William Chick’s recent letter about the absence of a post office in Indian Land. I thought it would be appropriate to respond here.

As a resident of Indian Land myself, I suppose it would be nice to have a post office here. However, there are a couple of reasons why our community isn’t likely to be getting one anytime soon.

For starters, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), quite simply, is broke. The service is currently $15 billion in debt. You read that right – $15 billion.


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Ronnie Sowell

Can’t we just get along?

“I’m Doity.” He stood right in front of me at Zaxby’s, while I sat in one of three seats facing the counter and waited on my order.

His bright brown eyes matched his skin tone and the fact that I was almost six decades older and white did not seem to concern him at all.

Me either.

Uninvited, he sat down right beside me and repeated, “I’m Doity.”


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Kaye Hoffman

Parents should have been told about graduation lock-out rules

I am one of more than 20 parents whom were robbed of the milestone of seeing my only son walk across the stage at graduation. His father is deceased and the only other relatives were locked out of the ceremony. Imagine how my son felt when he he got the diploma and looked in that chair for me, and it was empty. Shame on you Buford School.

Tickets in hand as I went through the door, I informed the girl I was expecting a relative and needed to get the ticket to her. She tore my floor ticket in half and said I could get back in with that half.


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